EL GUANT DE PLÀSTIC ROSA / THE PINK PLASTIC GLOVE by Dolors Miquel
140 x 215mm, 142 pages, black and white printing, perfect bound, softcover, 2023
Translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush
Edited by Dominic Jaeckle & Stephen Watts
"Life asked Death why he needed her to live /
And Death asked Life why she needed him to die …"
So begins Miquel’s El guant de plàstic rosa / The Pink Plastic Glove, a lyrical, acute, and metaphysical sequence of poems some fifteen years in the making. At the heart of Miquel’s collection, we’ve a central image. An unnamed man in a state of constant decomposition, rotting away in the kitchen sink. Piece by piece, his slow unbinding underpins a train of images wrought in sensuous, playful, and dynamic language. Stark vignettes spun from everyday colloquy—run through with the aura of Catalonian Renaissance writings—and gilded with a patina of light, a glut of shadow, and a blur of sensory experiences.
El guant de plàstic rosa houses 36 studies of the dynamics of decay. The purr and buzz of bees humming, off-stage asides, slaughtered cows, mountains made of olive stones, the hum of a permanently empty refrigerator, and edible dreams littered with dahlias and roses, with carnations and colourful chrysanthemums...